Byron's Babbles

The Journey Is Taking You

Posted in Educational Leadership, Global Leadership, Leadership, Leadership Development by Dr. Byron L. Ernest on November 25, 2022

Yesterday in my Thanksgiving social media post I said, “I’m thankful for all the organizations, companies, schools, universities, teachers, & other leaders I get to help every day! Thanks for allowing me to be on a journey with you. If you’re in need of creative &collaborate help, let me know at byronernest.com.” I had a person tell me they really liked the sentence, “Thanks for allowing me to be on a journey with you.” I really do try to approach the work I do for clients as “helping” and being on a journey with them. Most times we are not taking the journey; the journey is taking us. In other words, doing the work is what makes me happy. Helping others reach the milestones on their journeys allows me to take part in some pretty amazing journeys as well. It is about putting in the work, playing, and discovering.

“Lots of people want to be the noun without doing the verb. They want the job title without the work. Let go of the thing that you’re trying to be (the noun), and focus on the actual work you need to be doing (the verb).” ~ Austin Kleon

If we plan out all of our own journey, it becomes about us and not about those we serve. As Austin Kleon told us (see inset quote), we need to be “verbs” and focus on the work, not “nouns”just focusing on what we want to be and where we want to go. When we allow ourselves to let the journey take us, we can experience the goals being benchmarks along the way with the journey itself being the richest part. In other words, take the journey! Do! As I said earlier in this post, put in the work, play, discover. No amount of goal-setting or planning can control where a journey can take us. This is a good thing. We simply never know where the journey will take us. Do the work and be a verb and enjoy the journey.

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